“Together We Can” kicked off this week. It’s an effort to collect 50,000 cans of soup in Southern Illinois in one month.
Organizers met on Wednesday morning at Southern Illinois Worship Center in Herrin where 5,000 cans arrived for the food drive from anonymous donors.
The Fowler Bonan Foundation is leading the charge. They say the food will go to area pantries and help supplement food drives like the Farmers To Families Program.
State Senator Dale Fowler (R-Harrisburg), Chairman on the foundation, says he’s confident Southern Illinois is up to the challenge.
“And we thought this would be a great compliment, to be able to add canned soup and be able to support our food pantries, because a can of soup is a meal, ” explains Fowler.
The challenge is already off to a “great start”, says Fowler, adding that monetary donations are arriving as well. The Foundation is reaching out to businesses and organizations, hearing of how they are challenging their employees and members to participate.
Community grocery stores are set to benefit from the challenge as the money donated will go towards purchasing “large orders” of canned soups from mom-and-pop stores.
The Together We Can challenge runs now through March 15th, 2021. You can find a list of drop-off locations below.